Ivory Coast Prime Minister Amadou Gon Coulibaly has died at 61

BBC – Ivory Coast’s Prime Minister Amadou Gon Coulibaly has died, the country’s President announced.

In a statement, President Alassane Ouattara said the nation was in mourning over Coulibaly’s death on Wednesday afternoon, which occurred shortly after he attended a cabinet meeting in the Presidential Palace.

He described the prime minister as his closest collaborator over a 30-year period.

Coulibaly, 61, had been chosen to run as the ruling party’s candidate in this year’s October presidential election.

He had only recently returned from a two-month stay in France where he had been undergoing health check-ups.

At the time, the government said that “after examinations on Monday 4 May at the Pitié-Salpêtrière Hospital, he will take a few weeks rest, as prescribed by his doctor.”

Coulibaly arrived back in the Ivory Coast on Thursday

On Twitter, President Ouattara said, “I salute the memory of a statesman, of great loyalty, devotion and love for the homeland. He embodied this young generation of Ivorian leaders of great skill and extreme loyalty to the Nation.”

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